Pakistani company produces country’s second drone technology

Published: November 22, 2016

KARACHI: A private Pakistani company, which designed and produced the country’s first drone called ‘Buraq’, has now come up with an even advanced drone aircraft technology, which can remain in the air for up to 15-hours and be utilised for surveillance of development projects among other uses.

“The best civilian application of the long range aerial surveillance aircraft {Arrow} is that it is capable of monitoring and making secure trade via the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” said Raja Sabri Khan, Chief Executive at Integrated Dynamics.

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The aircraft, which can be operated via remote control, has been put on display at the defence weapons exhibition, IDEAS 2016, which is to get under way on Tuesday (today).

Sabri said the surveillance system can be operated via remote in the range of 250 kilometers (or 150 miles). “If you operate it on a satellite system then its range becomes unlimited. You can operate it in any part of the world while sitting in Karachi,” he said.

He said the unique feature of the aircraft is that it can fly non-stop for up to 15 hours. “The feature is not available in any other such system at this economic cost … its price is not more than a valued 4X4 jeep,” he said.

It can be used to pinpoint leakages of oil and gas from long-laid pipelines like the  ones managed by Pakistan Petroleum Limited, Sui Southern Gas Company and Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited. At the same time, it can be used to monitor and secure sensitive sites, he said.

The system can also be used by geologists and agriculturalists for collecting required data on earth or farms.

It can fly even at nighttime. “You just feed the data regarding the route you want the drone to take and sit back,” he said.

Besides, the aircraft is also capable of carrying military weapons and equipment. “It can fly with a payload of 100-150 kilogrammes,” he said.

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“Arrow is a revolutionary new concept in aerial surveillance using optionally piloted vehicle converted ultra-light aircraft,” he said.

With field portability, and a one-hour assembly time on site with the wing-fold system, “it is a great armament, payload delivery, and stands-off surveillance platform,” he said.

“It can be packed in a standard truck-mounted 20-foot container,” he said.

The aircraft would be prepared in Korangi, Karachi. It is the result of 15-20 years research work, added the official.

He said that his company exports such military and civilian surveillance systems across the world, while western countries remain its big clients.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 22nd, 2016.

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Reader Comments (16)

    Nov 22, 2016 - 7:34AM

    congrats, Pakistan has talent we must utilize their excellence produced.Recommend

  • Sodomite
    Nov 22, 2016 - 9:17AM

    Well done. Good news for a change.Recommend

  • muz
    Nov 22, 2016 - 9:37AM


  • lol
    Nov 22, 2016 - 10:01AM

    After suffering Drone attacks from US for a decade, with destruction & deaths, it is no wonder a pakistani company is able to make a counterfeit of the US drone!Recommend

  • Fahim
    Nov 22, 2016 - 10:22AM


  • FAZ
    Nov 22, 2016 - 11:14AM

    Do you know that Pakistan has itself 2 squadrons of drones. When Predetor drones where exposed at Shamsi air base, it has been widely speculated since that Pakistanis were involved in operating them. No wonder someday some Seymour Hersh will come up with a story that wont be denied or accepted by both US and Pakistani officials.Recommend

  • Mayor
    Nov 22, 2016 - 11:14AM

    This drone technology was stolen from Germany when a Pakistani student who was working in EADS was caught transferring sensitive documents to Pakistan military headquarters. From now on Pakistanis can kiss goodbye to working in Europe in sensitive companies given the history of AQ khan and now this one. Recommend

  • John
    Nov 22, 2016 - 12:17PM

    I was at the exhibit and I can tell you this much: The Integrated Dynamics is subsidiary of Pakistan Military and drone is a copy of Chinese CASC CH-3.

    It is no match for Predator since the most powerful asset is not that it can fly and remotely controlled but in fact it is the state of the art Raytheon Systems electro-optical payload for target identification, tracking and destroying its target as well as post analysis and multilevel communication systems.

    For novice in this field let me point out that Pakistan needs to improve its Drone’s aerodynamics by making the landing gear retractable. I can tell you this is going to be a challenge for Pakistanis.

    Someone needs to play the role of challenging its youth to innovate by giving them challenges so they can prove their muster and rise to the occasion. Recommend

  • Against Logic
    Nov 22, 2016 - 12:21PM

    “It can fly with a payload of 100-150 Kgs”, looks like really tall claim. and range mentione 100-150 is too big, if they are making drone then it should be specific and tested that how much it can lift and fly with.Recommend

  • Red Swan
    Nov 22, 2016 - 12:34PM
  • Hakim Afghani
    Nov 22, 2016 - 4:03PM

    Is it even Flying or just another Made in China 1 time usage ?Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Nov 22, 2016 - 7:49PM


    God bless Pakistani student.. Why are you so uneasy? Recommend

  • Truth
    Nov 22, 2016 - 10:07PM

    Good Job guys! 2 thumbs up!!! Recommend

  • tobefactual
    Nov 23, 2016 - 2:18AM


    “This drone technology was stolen from Germany when a Pakistani student who was working in EADS was caught transferring sensitive documents to Pakistan military headquarters.”

    It looks like we have A.Q. Khan II here. Your statement is correct. Here is the report on this guy stealing drone secrets from Germany:

  • kaka supoi
    Nov 23, 2016 - 4:38PM

    proud of you Recommend

  • Majeedul Chowdhury, PhD
    Nov 26, 2016 - 8:00AM

    Indeed a great news. It is imperative to have such (and many other) technology to ensure the smooth functioning of CPEC, and to present it as a poster child to Central Asian countries.When this enterprise will have many stake holders, a new era will dawn in this region (minus the tire kickers). Recommend

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